Ben­i­tachell's fu­ture is green

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BEN­I­TACHELL is set to un­veil its vi­sion of the fu­ture of the com­mu­nity for the next 25 years when a new struc­tural plan goes on pub­lic dis­play for 90 days.

Res­i­dents will be in­vited to com­ment on plans the town hall believes will 'guar­an­tee' the 'green fu­ture' of the Ma­rina Alta mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Key to the plan is em­brac­ing the nat­u­ral land­scape, Ben­i­tachell’s his­toric ter­races, and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly pledge to get walk­ers to the top of the Puig de la Llorenca moun­tain with­out hav­ing to touch Tar­mac.

The plan was agreed at a coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day when it was also agreed to ex­tend the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the draft pro­pos­als from 45 to 90 days.

Mayor Josep Fe­me­nia urged all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to stand to­gether over the 'cru­cial' plan be­cause it would de­fine 'ur­ban, so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment' for a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

And he said the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod would al­low res­i­dents to take part in a plan­ning process that aimed to pro­tect the land­scape and her­itage of Ben­i­tachell.

Cen­tral to the plan is lim­it­ing growth of the com­mu­nity to a 'max­i­mum' ceil­ing of 1,500 new in­hab­i­tants over the 25 years; cur­rently the pop­u­la­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is just over 4,000 peo­ple.

Coun­cil­lors were told the plan met the Va­len­cia gov­ern­ment’s 2011 strat­egy for the re­gion and pro­tected nat­u­ral spa­ces in­clud­ing the town’s coast­line and the beds of valu- able posi­do­nia oceanic un­der the waves – the sea grasses that pro­vide valu­able breed­ing grounds.

The hill on which the cen­tre of Ben­i­tachell stands will also be pro­tected, en­sur­ing the views of the bell tower and dome of the Santa Maria Mag­dalena re­main vis­i­ble from miles around.

How­ever, there is room for mod­erni­sa­tion and the plan in­cludes ' an im­por­tant com­mit­ment' to cre­ate an ' at­trac­tive' com­mer­cial cen­tre for com­merce and ser­vices on ter­tiary land on the east­ern side of Ben­i­tachell, along­side the road lead­ing up to Cum­bre del Sol; and also to ease traf­fic prob­lems in the town cen­tre.

A town hall spokesman said the plan looked to in­crease the at­trac­tive­ness of the town for peo­ple, re­cover green ar­eas and 'gain in the qual­ity of life'.

He added, “The plan re­cov­ers cat­tle trails and tra­di­tional paths. One mile­stone will be the res­cue of a path that will al­low peo­ple to climb to the top of Puig de la Llorenca with­out touch­ing a me­tre of as­phalt on a high­way.

“Ben­i­tachell has to­day started a move to­wards a green and sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

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